The Art of the Impossible: Dave Barrett and the NDP in Power, 1972-1975

The Art of the Impossible: Dave Barrett and the NDP in Power, 1972-1975

by Rod Mickleburgh, Geoff Meggs
     
 

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At his first cabinet meeting Premier Dave Barrett takes off his shoes, leaps onto the leather-inlaid cabinet table and skids the length of the room. "Are we here for a good time or a long time?" he roars. His answer: a good time, a time of change, action, doing what was needed and right, not what was easy and conventional.

He set the tone for a government that

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At his first cabinet meeting Premier Dave Barrett takes off his shoes, leaps onto the leather-inlaid cabinet table and skids the length of the room. "Are we here for a good time or a long time?" he roars. His answer: a good time, a time of change, action, doing what was needed and right, not what was easy and conventional.

He set the tone for a government that changed the face of the province. During the next three years, he and his team passed more legislation in a shorter time than any government before or since. A university or college student graduating today in BC may have been born years after Barrett's defeat, but could attend a Barrett daycare, live on a farm in Barrett's Agricultural Land Reserve, be rushed to hospital in a provincial ambulance created by Barrett's government and attend college in a community institution founded by his government. The continuing polarization of BC politics also dates back to Barrett--the Fraser Institute and the right-wing economic policies it preaches are as much a legacy of the Barrett years as the ALR.

Dave Barrett remains a unique and important figure in BC's history, a symbol of how much can be achieved in government and a reminder of how quickly those achievements can be forgotten. This lively and well-researched book is the first in-depth study of this most memorable of BC premiers.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781550175790
Publisher:
Harbour Publishing Company, Limited
Publication date:
10/25/2012
Pages:
368
Product dimensions:
6.50(w) x 9.20(h) x 1.30(d)

Meet the Author

Geoff Meggs is a Vancouver city councillor and a former communications director to Premier Glen Clark and Vancouver mayor Larry Campbell. As a journalist, he edited The Fisherman and wrote Salmon: The Decline of the West Coast Fishery (Douglas & McIntyre, 1991), which won the Lieutenant-Governor's Medal for Historical Writing and Cork Lines and Canning Lines: The Glory Years of Fishing on the West Coast, with Duncan Stacey (Douglas &
McIntyre, 1992).

Rod Mickleburgh is a senior writer for the Globe & Mail, based in Vancouver. During his long career he has worked for the Penticton Herald, Prince George Citizen, Vernon News, Vancouver Sun, Vancouver Province and CBC TV. In 1994, he was a co-winner of the Michener and in 1993 was nominated for a National Newspaper Award. His previous book, Rare Courage (McClelland and Stewart, 2005), profiled Canadian veterans of World War II.

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